Feb 12, 2013 9:00pm PST
: today on christian world news, religious freedom in russia. why church leaders say it is getting tougher for evangelicals in the former sov union. plus, gay marriage in the u.k. a new law brings britain one step closer to making it legal for same-sex couples to tie the knot. and what happened to an orphanage in india, where kids have found a safe place, and meet the man behind it. srising religious oppression in the former soviet union. hello, i'm wendy griffith. citizens of the former soviet union face growing restrictions on their freedom. they reported that governments are closing more churches, finding and arresting their religious leaders, and destroying church literature. >> it has been a long road since the revolution that swept away atheist communism in eastern europe. today the wave of religious freedom that swept the region now seems to be receding. >> 20 years ago, when the soviet union fell apart and collapsed, when the berlin wall fell, everybody was sort of excited about all of the future possibilities. 20 years later, we're again talking about freedom. what happened? >> re
Feb 26, 2013 9:00pm PST
's release. >> george: they are calling for the release of an american pastor detained in russia. thomas cane has been held in tula, russia, since september. officials interrogated him for several hours about the status of a foreign worker helping to build his house. cane paid a small fine and paid a thousand rubles to help the police in their work, and that's when they arrested him on charges of attempted bribery. the timing of the arrest is suspicious because pastor cane intended to open his house of joy ministry the other day. we asked his daughter about the charges. >> it doesn't amount to much, like $30 u.s. they detained hem for five months for something that seems very petty. he already paid the fine. he wasn't really asking for anything else. and it really was just an offering to them. >> wayne >> george: beverly cane says her father planned to open the house of joy as a place of spiritual retreat. >> wendy: what is it like to leave home, walk for miles, and end up in a foreign land. for the past two years, hundreds of thousands of syrians have faced that challenge. as chris mitchell
Feb 5, 2013 9:00pm PST
in the world. >> wendy: welcome back. way down in southern russia on the eastern shore of the caspian sea sits dagastan, the most dangerous province in the country. >> george: it is dangerous because radical muslims there are fighting russian forces almost daily to take over the province for islam. yet away from the front lines, a small band of christians secretly shares the gospel among the muslims. [speaking a foreign language] >> george: 1,000 miles from moscow, russian forces are in a 20-year fight against an islamic rebellion. >> there are murders at the nations and bombings virtually every day. >> george: ultra conservative muslims want islam to rule this corner of the country, known as the northern caucuses. dagastan is the heart of the insurgency. back in 1999, a group of radical muslims attempted to turn dagastan to an emirate. the russian army stepped in and quickly stamped that out, but since then, this province, home to about 2.5 million people, has today some 3,000 mosques and growing. >> there is a segment of this society, especially among youth, that has become more radicalized.